"I would try to do what I can to help out a little bit," he said.
Nearly everyone in line to buy Powerball tickets in the flood-ravaged northern New Jersey town of Little Ferry had a response similar to Scaduto's.
"Help rebuild the Jersey Shore; I grew up there, and it's devastating," said Dan O'Neill of Blairstown, N.J., a contractor working to help a friend gut his flood-damaged home. "It's part of being from New Jersey, it's part of our history, and it's gone," O'Neill said of the shore, adding that if he won the jackpot, he'd donate to charities that were helping rebuild.
"Win that kind of money, they'd get a big chunk of that money," he said.
Ruben Seda, 74, said his long-planned retirement to his native Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, was now delayed because of expensive damage to his Little Ferry home. Nevertheless, he said he'd use any lottery winnings to help those who helped him after Superstorm Sandy.
"Help everybody, give to charities and the church," Seda said. "I lost everything, my furniture, my food ... but I survive. So, if I hit some money, it'd be a big help."
The U.S. record for any lottery jackpot was set in April, when the Mega Millions drawing paid out $656 million on three winning ticket holders from Illinois, Maryland and Kansas.
Associated Press writer Samantha Henry in Little Ferry, N.J., contributed to this report.